Samsung Epic 4G - Great starter phone

I'm a huge fan of slider phones.  Before Ting had any top tier phones available, I wanted something a little better than the Samsung Transform.  The Transform only has 512M ram and Spint bloated it to it's knees.  I found a nice Epic for $80 on Craigslist.org.  Took the time to root and copy my info from the Transform into it.  It has serverd me VERY well.  This was the very first phone copied to Ting and it's still serving me well.

Two days ago  I decided to upgrade the OS.  I found that Jelly Bean was available for it.  I had tried Ice Creme Sandwitch but didn't like it for a few reasons.  I LOVE jelly Bean.  This phone has never performed better.  It is buttery smooth at everything I do which is great for a 1GHz single core.

If you are looking for a real cheap phone that does extremely good, grab yourself a Samsung Epic 4G and migrate it over and put JB on it.  If anyone wants to try this and needs help, just give me a holler.  I'd be happy to help.

The only thing that does not work for me is 4G and I believe that is because my donor wasn't 4G.  Everything else is perfect.

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  • Keith -

    I've had an Epic since it first came out on Sprint.  There are 3 of us on our Sprint plan, and we need an Airave for any kind of signal at our home.  I'm thrilled they've now got the Ting one up, but I'm waiting for BYOSD, since our phones are all working well.  I'm currently using an EVO 3D I won in a promo at Radio Shack.  I've tried going back to my Epic, but the screen resolution on the EVO has spoiled me, in terms of what I can put on my home screen.  I do still miss the keyboard, and I keep eyeing up the Photon Q.

    I have updated my Epic though, both by flashing ROMs and returning it to stock periodically to get whatever the official upgrades are, then re-rooting.  I used it for a week or so recently when I fargled the EVO when I was trying to get the latest upgrade on it.  Both are working fine  now.  I'm thinking it may go to my daughter when we switch to Ting, so I'd be interested in knowing exactly which ROM you've put on it.

    The Epic is a really good phone.  I also have an HTC TouchPro2, which was a really good phone and keyboard, but unfortunately now an obsoleted Windows phone.  There is some development for it, but I think Android development got rather abandoned at a stage that left too much not working the last time I checked.  I hang on to it in case we have a phone go down and one of us needs one until we resolve any problems.

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  • I am currently on Ting with a HTC Detail (EVO Shift 4G) slider, but I am anxiously awaiting the time I can bring my Epic 4G to Ting. I miss the 4 row keyboard on the Epic. The Detail has only a 3 row keyboard.

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  • My daughter has destroyed her Epic and wants another.  I told her to wait to replace it so she can byod it rather than hack it.  That way 4g will work.  Cant wait for byod.  She is living with the donor for now and not very happy about it.

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  • "If anyone wants to try this and needs help, just give me a holler.  I'd be happy to help."

     

    Consider this a holler! I quite like my Epic 4G and would love to swap it in for the Optimus S I have on Ting now.

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  • Alfred,

    If you are patient, Ting hopes to be able to allow you to bring your Epic 4G (or any Sprint phone, except iPhone) to Ting without hacking.

    I know I am anxiously awaiting bringing my Epic 4G to Tine so I can once again use a 4 row keyboard. My HTC Detail (EVO Shift 4G) is only a 3 row slider.

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  • Bruce is correct that BYOD will be great for bringing the device rather than hacking it.  My main point of this post is about changing the OS to Jelly Bean to gain features and battery.  If you "hack" the phone you may lose 4g.  If you BYOD you get to keep 4g.  With either choice you can still change the OS to Jelly Bean.  Personally I would wait a few weeks if you can.  I think BYOD is close (gut feeling).  Let me know how you want to proceed.

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  • Keith,

    Which version of Jelly Bean did you use.  My Epic is currently on ICS and I would like to go to Jelly Bean!

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  • I am using an early alpha of yanogenmod 10. I am not using the phone at the moment as I just hype a EVO 3d.

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  • Keith,

    I do not know if you want to (or are able to) return your Epic to stock & try BYOD, assuming you still have the donor phone.

    I have my Epic 4G on Ting through the BYOD testing. I do not have WiMax in my area, so we did not try 4G. The only manual change I needed to make on the phone was changing the URL for MMS.  Even tethering with the Sprint Hotspot works. You may need to image the phone to stock first, though in order to update the profile on it.

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  • I do plan to byod the epic but Ting wants to let several others nuke their devices before I get a second device.

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  • I just got on my computer and noticed that my phone replaced "BYOD" with "nuke".  Not sure why that autocorrect.  Just for clarity...Ting is NOT nuking devices.

    sigh

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  • I almost commented that my BYOD Epic 4G does not appear to be "nuked" :)

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  • Is it possible to use my my LG Optimus S phone as a donor for my Epic 4G with newly added Jellybean?

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  • Ali,

    Although that may be possible using the procedure that Keith did, you should be able to bring the device over to Ting once they release BYOD. 

    I helped them with some alpha testing and now have my Epic 4G on Ting. I do not have WiMax, so we did not set up 4G.  Everything works. I only had to set up the MMS URL manually on the phone. I can even tether with the Sprint Hotspot app.

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  • ALi,

    If you wait for BYOD, you could then sell your Optimus S. If you use it as a donor phone, nobody else can use it.

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  • Ali,

    Depending on the jellyBean rom you used, doing a PRL and Profile update might be difficult.  If you have those options in settings and they work then BYOD is your best bet.  If the Epic has a clear ESN then I would highly recomend waiting on BYOD.  Otherwise, the donor is a paperweight (backup in case epic bets broken).  If you use the OptS as a donor MAKE SURE you never have them both on at the same time.

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  • Thanks for the information guys. I am just getting impatient on waiting to be able to byosd . I can't wait to start saving money on my monthly bills. Is there an update to when this will be available yet? I only have the Optimus S to test my coverage in my area and its the same as what my EPIC currently gets.

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  • Ali,

    They are still in the alpha test phase. The Ting person working on this has a few, well deserved days off, but testing should resume later this week.

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  • Just a quick note... we are actually still working very actively on BYOSD. There will be a blog post / update later this week.

    We are starting to code our front end interfaces and just tonight got properly connected to the Sprint back end. I hope / expect that next week we will be able to open our beta program significantly.  We are very excited to get this deployed!

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  • Yes, please Epic 4G with Cyanogenmod 10 support is what I need so I can bring all of my phones over.  

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  • I do not think you can do a profile & PRL update with CM10 on an Epic. In testing, I brought my Epic to Ting with the stock ROM. (I do not have WiMax, so we did not set up 4G) I needed to use a dialer code to chage the URL for MMS. The dialer codes are not in CM10 either.

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  • I can always flash to a back up.  Anything to get out of Sprint.

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  • I'm not using my Epic atm but I think they added the ability to PRL and Profile update in CM10.

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  • FYI: If you are running Cyanogenmod on the Epic 4G, you can use the method here to boot to the latest factory firmware from your SD card without flashing your phone back to stock:

    http://epiccm.blogspot.com/2012/01/boot-el30-stock-from-sdcard.html

    You can also edit MMS and WiMax settings through the dialer and activate the phone that way too. Thanks to Mike Kasick and Team EpicCM for figuring out how to do this.  (Met Mike when I saw his talk at Ohio Linux Fest this year.)

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